Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Officer, P-4

DATE OF ISSUANCE:   08 Jan 2013
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   United Nations Support Mission in Libya

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Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationships: This position is located in the Office of the Director, Security Sector Reform within the Security Sector Advisory and Coordination Division (SSACD) within the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). In support of Libya, UNSMIL’s mandate and the Mission’s overall concept of operations, the SSACD’s central objective is to support Libya’s efforts to develop an effective and accountable security sector, which respects human rights, upholds the rule of law and has the confidence of the Libyan people. The Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Officer reports to the Director SSR. Responsibilities: Within delegated authority, the DDR Officer will be responsible for the following duties: • Advises the Director SSR, and other SSACD colleagues on integration (and DDR) specific issues. • Prepares a strategy, in close coordination with UNSMIL and UNCT actors, for UN-wide support to national integration efforts, i.e. to integrate former combatants into security sector institutions and civilian life. • Develops a Terms of Reference for UN support to national integration efforts for the consideration of national authorities. • In line with the aforementioned UN strategy and Terms of Reference agreed with the Government, makes detailed proposals for the integration of former combatants into security sector institutions and civilian life (and, when appropriate, DDR). • Supports the Government, SSACD Advisers and other UNCT colleagues to implement agreed integration (and possibly DDR) proposals and plans. • Supports the Director, SSR, to coordinate and organize regular consultations with national stakeholders to discuss integration-related (and possibly broader DDR) issues, and to identify potential requirements for additional support from the international community. • Maintains working-level contact with relevant national authorities and United Nations specialized agencies and NGOs. • Participates in the UNSMIL-UN Country Team Security Sector Working Group. • Supports the Senior SSR Officer in the Office of the Director, SSR, to prepare regular progress reports on UNSMIL’s security sector and integration/demobilization support for the consideration of senior UNSMIL leadership, in coordination with UNSMIL/UNCT and national partners. • Organizes and prepares high-quality written outputs, e.g. policies, guidance material, background papers, talking points, analyses, sections of reports (e.g. relevant reports of the Secretary-General) and studies, inputs to publications, etc. • Gathers and analyses information on armed groups, integration and DDR-related matters, in coordination with the UNSMIL Political Affairs Division and the Defence Advisory Section; • Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc, to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations on DDR related issues; • Undertakes other duties as may be required by the Director, SSR.

• Professionalism: An in depth understanding of and proven expertise in the area of DDR, in particular integration of former combatants into security sector institutions and civilian life. Knowledge of approaches and mechanisms for integration of former combatants. Ability to produce high quality reports and papers on technical issues. Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of DDR and integration more generally. • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings. • Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.


Recognized 2nd level university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, management and/or administration, international relations/affairs or other relevant field. A 1st level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience
A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in international affairs including experience in peacekeeping, peace building, special political missions, and/or programme development is required. Experience supporting national Governments to integrate former combatants into security sector institutions and civilian life is required. Previous experience in advisory and coordination roles in the areas of DDR and/or integration is required, preferably in post-conflict context. Previous experience in the design and implementation of DDR and/or integration programmes/projects is required. Basic knowledge of relevant UN institutions, mandates, policies and guidelines is required. Previous experience providing support to national SSR efforts from within the UN system in a post-conflict context is desirable. Completion of a recognized DDR or SSR training course is desirable.

Fluency, both oral and written, in English is required. Fluency in oral Arabic is desirable.

Other Skills
Candidates are encouraged to indicate any published articles on DDR or SSR in their application, and having published is a desirable criterion for this job opening.

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).   English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.



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